Treating Pink Eye
Most people are familiar with conjunctivitis but recognize its more common name, pink eye. Our optometrists at University Eye Associates note that although this disorder commonly links to children, adults sometimes catch it as well. Sufferers can receive relief through treatment and self-care advice at any of our three convenient offices in Charlotte, Davidson, or Harrisburg (Rocky River).
Conjunctivitis is quite contagious when it breaks out in crowded areas. Some of the causes of Pink Eye include:
- Objects touching the eyes
- Bacterial infections
- Allergic reactions to irritants such as cosmetic ingredients and pollen
- Contaminated skin products
- A virus such as the one associated with the common cold
- Specific sexually transmitted diseases
The symptoms vary with the type of pink eye. The most frequent is the pinkish hue of the eye affected, which sometimes develops before the other symptoms. Other common signs of this uncomfortable condition include:
- Sensitivity to light
- A sensation of eye grittiness
- Eye discharge
- Swollen eyelids
- Excessive tears
- Burning or itching eyes
Pink Eye Treatment
Parents should take any newborn with signs of this disorder to an eye doctor right away. The treatment of pink eye has two goals: halting a contagious outbreak before it spreads and providing relief for the sufferer. Accomplishing these objectives requires a combination of professional services from our optometrists plus patient care at home.
Our optometrists can perform an eye exam in the early stages of the condition to help prevent it from escalating. Although the most appropriate therapeutic option varies according to the type of the infection, all sufferers must avoid touching their eyes.
For an infection caused by bacteria, antibiotic drops or an antibiotic ointment is the preferred treatment. With cases resulting from a virus, cool compresses and artificial tears are often beneficial for a few weeks.
If the infection is due to chemical exposure, eye flushing is necessary, followed by a prescribed topical steroid. When an allergic reaction is the culprit, cool compresses, antihistamines, and artificial tears are important parts of a treatment plan.
Get Quality Eye Care at University Eye Associates
Our goals are to provide eye health care that is both professional and personalized for our patients. We have a full range of optometry services, whether it is time for your annual checkup, you have symptoms of conjunctivitis, or symptoms of another disorder, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Charlotte, Davidson, or Harrisburg (Rocky River).